Team

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Kirsikka Kaipainen, CEO.

Kirsikka keeps our vision and team together. She used to spend more time with computers than humans when she herself was socially anxious and had lousy self-esteem. She’s tinkered with online and mobile programs for mental wellness over six years, finished her PhD about the topic in 2014, and has also learnt to overcome her own issues. Now she’s even more determined to help others do the same.

David Lees, Commercial Director.

David's background as a mental health and public health practitioner drives his passion for an upstream approach to promote positive mental health and well-being. He likes to challenge established ways of thinking and working and has championed therapeutic solutions in mental health across the globe. His drive and enthusiasm is infectious. David believes that developing strategies towards resilient mental and emotional health enables us all to bounce back from whatever life throws at us.

Koen Smets, Operations Manager.

Koen makes sure that the things that ought to happen actually do happen. For the last fifteen years or so he has been helping people be more effective at work, both as a team coach and as an organizational effectiveness guy. He has long had a profound interest in psychology and behaviour, and he is a great believer in the potential of digital self-help tools.

Prof. Raimo Lappalainen, Scientific Director.

Raimo watches over our content development and makes sure that psychological methods are properly implemented. Raimo is professor and former head of the Department of Psychology at University of Jyväskylä. He has an insane amount of scientific publications and practical experience. Psychology, along with football, has been Raimo's passion since teenage years: "My mission is to promote health and well-being by increasing access to scientifically well-grounded methods."

Toni Vanhala, Development Lead.

Toni is our tech-wiz who coordinates all development efforts. He learned the alphabet at four years old by typing up computer programs. No joke. Not surprisingly, he had hard time socializing in school and was bullied. These experiences push him to change things. Toni got his PhD from University of Tampere, Finland, in 2011. His thesis dealt with emotion regulation, for example, studying how smiling affects physiological reactions of the socially anxious.

Päivi Lappalainen, Content Lead.

Päivi is a multi-talented content creator and project runner, whose versatile training will soon be complemented with a PhD in online therapies at the Department of Psychology at University of Jyväskylä. Her own serious illness roused a desire to help others: “The world contains a lot of suffering. We can help to relieve it with easily accessible online programs.”